Trapping molecules on a chip in traveling potential wells

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Meek, Samuel A.
Bethlem, Hendrick L.
Conrad, Horst
Meijer, Gerard
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A microstructured array of over 1200 electrodes on a substrate has been configured to generate an array of local minima of electric field strength with a periodicity of $120 \mu$m about $25 \mu$m above the substrate. By applying sinusoidally varying potentials to the electrodes, these minima can be made to move smoothly along the array. Polar molecules in low field seeking quantum states can be trapped in these traveling potential wells. This is experimentally demonstrated by transporting metastable CO molecules in 30 mK deep wells that move at constant velocities above the substrate.
Comment: 4 pages, 3 figures
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Physics - Atomic Physics
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